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Offline Paul S.

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opalescent - what- from Czecho-Slovakia.
« on: September 11, 2009, 06:44:33 PM »
One of last weekend'acquisitions - and when I saw the greenish top I thought it wud glow - but sadly it doesn't.  Nice opalescence (?)7" tall x  5.1/4" wide  -  and in the ground/polished pontil area there is acid etched mark of: 'Made in/Czecho-/slovakia'.    Puzzled as to what the purpose/use might have been.   Ruth Forsythe shows a similar style although smaller (5.1/2" tall), calling it a 'hobnail' Cologne' (has a stopper in her book).    Anyone know what mine was used for, and date wise I'm thinking 1920's to early 30's.    grateful for any thoughts, and thanks for looking.    Paul S.

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Re: opalescent - what- from Czecho-Slovakia.
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2009, 10:33:33 PM »
Puzzled as to what the purpose/use might have been.   

To look pretty of course!!   :chky: :chky: :chky:

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Re: opalescent - what- from Czecho-Slovakia.
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2009, 11:11:46 PM »
Paul, yours could also be a cologne. Some of them were "man-size" rather than the more delicate ladylike sizes. Or it could be a matching solifleur / bud vase for madame's dressing table. Is there any wear on the inside of the neck suggesting it's ever had a stopper?

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Re: opalescent - what- from Czecho-Slovakia.
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2009, 12:45:29 PM »
sorry for late reply.   Have been out round the charity shops.
Wud agree Carolyn  -  if you are going to make someing of use, then make it attractive, and score on two fronts.   I do like opalescent glass (more so if it contains some U., and glows!)  -  and I was very disappointed that this piece did'nt react to the torch.   I do like a lot of the material that is in Forsythe's book.   Do you have a liking for this particular type of glass?

Anne  -  not easy to see very clearly, but in fact don't think there is any wear inside the neck  -  at least not that I can see  -   so maybe you correct, and is a vase for the dressing table.    Incidentally, coming back to the word 'cologne'  -  i.e. the perfumed toilet water used more frequently before c. 1945 ish  -  does the word originate from the town of the same name in Germany???  Were they all bathing in lavender or violet water.    Paul S.

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Re: opalescent - what- from Czecho-Slovakia.
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2009, 07:25:35 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2009, 08:38:08 PM »
thanks Anne  -  isn't knowledge wonderful,  some good bedtime reading there!!  -  I do so love an academic girl ;)   cheers    Paul S.

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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2009, 10:39:58 PM »
Wud agree Carolyn  -  if you are going to make someing of use, then make it attractive, and score on two fronts.   I do like opalescent glass (more so if it contains some U., and glows!)  -  and I was very disappointed that this piece did'nt react to the torch.   I do like a lot of the material that is in Forsythe's book.   Do you have a liking for this particular type of glass?

Don't follow any particular glass line, Paul. But I liked the look of this one. I do tend to go towards the "old fashioned" looking ones, rather than the modernistic ones.

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